who was pablo picasso
But Picasso has also painted hope. The woman’s right ear has turned into a bird that is drinking her tears away and there is a pretty flower in her hat, showing us that new life is just around the corner.
Welcome to the experimental world of Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the most famous painters in the twentieth century. He was born in Malaga, Spain on October 20, 1881. In addition to painting, Picasso was also a printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. He spent most of his adult life in France.
Picasso grew up to become one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, he is known for co-founding the Cubist movement, the invention of constructed sculpture, the co-invention of collage, and for the wide variety of styles that he helped develop and explore. Picasso is now regarded as one of the artists who most defined the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century
His romantic partner of seven years, Fernande Olivier, figured in many of the artist’s Cubist works, including Head of a Woman, Fernande (1909). Historians believe she also appeared in “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.” Their relationship was tempestuous, and they separated for good in 1912.
As his life neared its end, the artist experienced a flurry of creativity. The resulting artworks were a mixture of his previous styles and included colorful paintings and copper etchings. Art experts later recognized the beginnings of Neo-Expressionism in Picasso‘s final works.
Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.”
– Pablo Picasso
Fitting to the name, once Picasso seemed to find some small measure of success and overcame some of his depression, he had a more cheery period featuring orange and pink hues and the playful worlds of circus people and harlequins. Picasso met a bohemian artist named Fernande Olivier who became his lover. She subsequently appeared in many of these more optimistic paintings.
Pablo Picasso was the son of José Ruiz Blasco, a professor of drawing, and Maria Picasso López. His father recognized the boy’s talent at a young age and encouraged him to pursue art. Picasso’s adult relationships were complicated, however, and during his life he had two wives, many mistresses, four children, and eight grandchildren. Following a string of romantic relationships, Picasso married the dancer Olga Khokhlova in 1918, and they had a son, Paulo, in 1921. Picasso was not faithful, however, and he and Olga were separated in 1935, though they never divorced, due to legal issues. He continued his extramarital affairs while maintaining several long-term relationships, including ones with the young Marie-Thérèse Walter, who bore him a daughter named Maya in 1935; the photographer Dora Maar; the painter Françoise Gilot, with whom he had two children, Claude (1947) and Paloma (1949); and Jacqueline Roque, who became his second wife in 1961, years after Olga’s death in 1955.
In Barcelona Picasso moved among a circle of Catalan artists and writers whose eyes were turned toward Paris. Those were his friends at the café Els Quatre Gats (“The Four Cats,” styled after the Chat Noir [“Black Cat”] in Paris), where Picasso had his first Barcelona exhibition in February 1900, and they were the subjects of more than 50 portraits (in mixed media) in the show. In addition, there was a dark, moody “modernista” painting, Last Moments (later painted over), showing the visit of a priest to the bedside of a dying woman, a work that was accepted for the Spanish section of the Exposition Universelle in Paris in that year. Eager to see his own work in place and to experience Paris firsthand, Picasso set off in the company of his studio mate Carles Casagemas (Portrait of Carles Casagemas ) to conquer, if not Paris, at least a corner of Montmartre.